NAMA DC Fly-In Illustrates Strong Industry Support Through Engaged Sponsor Partners

June 3, 2015

(CHICAGO) June 3, 2015 – As NAMA’s first annual industry-wide Washington, DC advocacy event, NAMA Takes the Hill 2015, approaches, the association’s Government Affairs Division announced that the event has received the support of 27 sponsors so far, helping to underscore the industry’s response to the importance of this inaugural event, according to Eric Dell, NAMA SVP of Government Affairs.

“The excitement surrounding our sponsorship program just keeps building,” said Dell. “Our government affairs team is gratified to see the ‘buy-in’ of our grassroots advocacy program across all membership categories. We now have 160 registered attendees, a balanced mix of operators, suppliers, machine manufacturers, distributors and brokers. These sponsorships are providing us with the opportunity to make enhancements in technology and professionalism to the Fly-In’s agenda, taking it from a ‘top-level’ to ‘a must attend’ event.” 

Current sponsors include: 

  • 365 Retail Markets                                            
  • AdvancePierre
  • Atnip Co., Inc
  • Avanti Markets
  • Burdette Beckman, Inc.
  • Black Tie Vending
  • Coca-Cola Refreshments
  • Company Kitchen
  • CPI – Crane Payment Innovations
  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group
  • DeMitri Chesapeake Sales, Inc.
  • Dole Packaged Foods
  • DS Services
  • Five Star Food Service
  • G&J Marketing
  • Lightspeed Automation
  • Mars Chocolate North America
  • Mrs. Freshley’s
  • National Association of Blind Merchants
  • PepsiCo
  • Premier Broker Partners
  • Quality Brokerage
  • Royal Cup Coffee
  • RSA Buying Group
  • U Select It
  • Vend Natural Holdings
  • Vistar

“Black Tie Vending is excited to be a breakfast sponsor during NAMA’s upcoming DC Fly-In,” said Scott Meskin, President of Black Tie Vending.  “We are sponsoring because of the value provided by NAMA’s advocacy efforts. This work is vital to the positive future of the refreshment services industry. I am urging every industry leader I can to participate in the Fly-In and spread the good word about how the industry has been advocating in a proactive way to work with government leaders to achieve our goals. Nothing is more important for our industry at this time,” he concluded.

“We thank our sponsor partners for demonstrating their support through these generous sponsorships,” Dell said. Their contributions are helping NAMA to make this a memorable and impactful experience both on and off the Hill including expanded networking opportunities.”

NAMA Takes the Hill 2015 is designed to bring the vending and refreshment services industry to Washington to meet with their legislators and stress the importance of the industry in each congressional district. The goal is to make the industry’s presence known on Capitol Hill and educate Members of Congress on the industry through first-hand stories from industry leaders about their impact within each congressional district.

To take part in this inaugural industry-wide advocacy event, register today at

Founded in 1936, NAMA is the association representing the $42 billion U.S. vending and refreshment service industry.  With more than 1500 member companies – including many of the world’s most recognized brands – NAMA provides advocacy, education and research for its membership. Visit NAMA on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn


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